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John Coltrane, like Charlie Parker, is someone all instrumentalists look up to and study. Ex. 6 is a brief D minor pentatonic (D–F–G–A–C) lick, but it’s probably unlike anything you’ve ever seen before.… More…

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Let’s get to the nuts and bolts of super-charging your slide playing—string skipping. This is relatively easy because the slide lays across strings easily enough, but you still have to rock it back and… More…

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Let’s start with Ex. 1, an odd-meter groove featuring open-string chord voicings, low-E string riffing, and a twangy hammer-on/pull-off lick. The motif is split into two time signatures: 7/4 and 4/4. The… More…

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Although I generally like to apply vibrato from the start, it can be effective to practice easing into it on a stationary note. This allows you to clearly hear the fundamental pitch, and then contrast… More…

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Many guitarists have a tough time with phrasing, but Keith has that down. One way to avoid the “running-up-and-down-through-scales” sound is to create a snippet of a melody and play it back-to-back in… More…